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Lords Committee hold second evidence session on NATO

28 October 2019

The International Relations and Defence Committee holds its second evidence on session on the challenges facing the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in the run up to the NATO Leader's Meeting in London in December.


Wednesday 30 October in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • Sir Adam Thomson KCMG, Director, European Leadership Network and former UK Permanent Representative to NATO (2014-2016)
  • Madeleine Moon MP, President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Possible questions

  • What do you see as the biggest short and long-term challenges facing the Alliance, and how is this assessment shaping the agenda for the NATO meeting?
  • In the first years of President Trump's Administration there were heightened concerns regarding transatlantic burden-sharing and Washington's commitment to NATO. To what extent have these concerns abated?
  • To what extent can NATO claim to be united in the context of Turkey's purchase of the S-400 missile system from Russia and its recent offensive in Northern Syria?
  • What is your current assessment of the state of relations between NATO and Russia? To what extent does the erosion of arms control agreements and confidence building measures increase the risk of conflict between both sides?
  • How will North Macedonia's accession to NATO contribute to the Alliance, and how will it affect the Alliance's role and relationships in the Western Balkans?
  • How do you view the prospects for the future enlargement of the Alliance, particularly with regard to Georgia and Ukraine?
  • At the Brussels NATO Summit in 2018 the Alliance welcomed and praised efforts to strengthen NATO-EU relations. What does the see as the principal obstacles to further cooperation?
  • How effectively do you think the United Kingdom is exercising its influence in the Alliance, and how do you think our withdrawal from the EU will affect this influence?

Further information

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